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Eddie Lacy's contract reportedly includes bonuses if he hits certain weight milestones. (AP)
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Twitter shows nutrition becoming bigger deal to Seahawks RB Eddie Lacy

Eddie Lacy's contract reportedly includes bonuses if he hits certain weight milestones. (AP)

If a man is to be judged by his evolving Twitter feed, the Seahawks should expect big things from Eddie Lacy in 217. Scratch that — more like littler things. Namely his gut.

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Lacy, Seattle’s most notable offseason signing is known for his power in the backfield, but weight has been a talking point throughout his four-year career. The second-round pick entered the league as a bulldozer who could eat without much concern. He unabashedly binged on his mom’s crawfish and rich New Orleans cuisine, Tweeting often about his affinity for food.

But things changed after a heavy 2015 campaign that resulted in Green Bay head coach Mike McCarthy calling Lacy’s weight out publicly after the team’s playoff loss. The running back responded with offseason workouts alongside P90X founder Tony Horton, and the diet appeared to work, with Lacy reporting to camp in 2016 around the targeted 235-pound range, though not quite as close as some of the offseason photos made it appear. Still, Lacy initially produced, rushing for 5.1 yards per attempt through the first five games of the season.

But not everything went according to scale. Lacy suffered an ankle injury that ultimately required surgery, and the time off has taken a toll, with Lacy reportedly ballooning to 267 pounds during a free-agent visit this offseason. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said the team is looking for the 26-year-old to be in the 240-pound range. Lacy’s one-year deal reportedly includes a $385,000 weight clause, where Lacy can earn bonuses by hitting seven specific benchmarks during weigh-ins throughout the year.

Lacy told the Seahawks’ website after the signing that he always favored the bruising, Beast Mode running style of Marshawn Lynch and hopes to bring that back to Seattle.

“I’m going to come in and do my best impression of (Lynch) and just bring my hard work and my hard running style to the table,” he said.

But even at a more trim 240 pounds, Lacy would weigh 25 pounds more than last year’s starter Thomas Rawls and Lynch’s listed playing weight during his time in Seattle. If nothing else, the changing images from Lacy’s Twitter account are a good sign that the 260-plus pounds are sheddable.

Extra motivation for Eddie Lacy

Beyond the contractual incentive, there are plenty of people in the Seahawks locker room that will be pushing Lacy on his nutrition and fitness.

Shortly after the news of Lacy’s signing, Carroll told “Brock and Salk” that the team would work to cut some pounds from his frame.

“We’re gonna get him in great shape, we’re gonna get him … at his very best,” Carroll said. “There’s a weight in there that’s a really good spot for him that he’s working towards, and we’ll do a nice job with that.”

Wide receiver Doug Baldwin was co-hosting on “Brock and Salk” when the news hit and said: “I just got done talking with the scouts about him; gonna make sure he comes in here in shape.”

Defensive lineman Michael Bennett also touched on the importance of food last week, telling John Clayton before Lacy’s signing that a good diet is key for a player. How important? He put it right behind water and right in front of, well, something else.

“Water, food, and then you know what the third one is … so for all the fans, think about what the third one is,” he said.